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in the u.s. cnn jim clancy is in long island beach, new jersey, an area where houses were floating down the streets. jim, we hear some good news of some signs of improvement this morning. >> well, you know, the improvement is going to come and certainly they're out there working every day. they're digging away. they're trying to literally like snow plows tear through the sand dunes that have built up. some as high as six feet on this island, covering up roadways and plowing through all of that and they're working on, i've seen people coming out and checking the power lines and we have people coming out and the entire underside of some of these homes that were up on stilts or posts or whatever you want to call it, pili pylons. they may have to come down. all of the homes, they're ensuring that they have a little bit of stability. you know, this was quite a storm. i talked to one of the residents, he refuses to leave. search and rescue yesterday, guy name carl was telling me that the experience of this storm was the experience of a lifetime. listen. >> it was a surreal experience and prob
will keep you updated. we're keeping a close watch on hurricane sandy for you. want to tell you jim acosta is in maryland. there he is. excuse me, marion, ohio, traveling with the romney campaign. give us a quick update. this has really changed the plans for mitt romney and for president barack obama but what are you hearing from the romney camp? >> reporter: well, don, i'll tell you right now the romney campaign is feeling very optimistic, not only looking at those national polls, if you look at our latest cnn poll of polls mitt romney leading nationally over the president, but in ohio our latest cnn/orc, even though it shows the president with a healthy lead there, it is still within the margin of error and mitt romney has played some serious catch-up. there's another poll that came out a consortium of ohio newspapers that shows the race tied in this state. the romney campaign is feeling pretty good but the "x" factor in everything right now from now until election day, the last nine days of this race, all hinges on hurricane sandy at this point. an election that was already uncertain an
boardwalk, ripped apart by the storm, pieces scattered. the mayor put it this way. it's no longer there. jim clancy is live in belmar now. he joins me. give me an update on the conditions there, jim. >> reporter: well, i think i can say the sun has come out, and i want to show you something. even since we arrived at 5:00 this morning, the water has receded, gone down six inches, gone back several people. people have come by to take photos. people in this neighborhood can't wait to see it. talked to a member of the fire department who said it's happening. it's very slow. but we're making some progress here. they're pumping out st. rose's high school gym next to me here. crews moved in, put in some pumps, pushing water out. other businesses, the hum of generators has taken over. you see skip loaders and front loaders heading down the streets in all directions. the fire chiefs, people have been out here, going door to door telling residents we're going to pump out your basements, we're going to get to all of these things. the residents, of course, can't wait. they're still shaking their heads i
. hope you enjoy that one. >>> let's go to long beach island, new jersey. cnn's jim clancy is there. jim, this area was devastated. the pictures show it. people still can't get to their homes. are you seeing crews show up there this morning, to clean up, to get the power back up? >> reporter: let me give you a real quick update. we've got heavy equipment moving. they will be plowing sand. remember, literally, thousands and thousands and thousands of tons of sand washed off the beach and swept across the island. they are going to be trying to clear roads today. we've seen contractors moving here almost non-stop. they are going to be trying to board up, to cross-brace a lot of the homes that are on pilings, you know, really in danger because all of the sand has washed away. the pilings are now very shallow. we've got health inspectors coming in as there's food that needs to be just cleared out of here. there's no refrigeration because there's no electricity. all of these fundamental problems trying to be addressed at the same time we've got the election coming up. there's some absentee bal
campaign near englewood, colorado. so, jim, seven states tharks is one busy day for romney and ryan. did they generate any momentum today; do you think? >> we're going to have to wait and see, don. if you look at those battleground state polls that have come out in recent days, it doesn't appear that that surge of momentum may have stalled with the arrival of super storm sandy. we'll just have to wait and see on election day, don. if you wait and look at all of these battleground states, it is very cloesz when it comes to the president and mitt romney. we are leaving now and on our way to a rally in englewood, colorado. it will be his final stop here in this battleground state. and, also, john, his final western stop of campaign 2012. we've been hearing him talk nostalgically all day long. he was talking about the long days and the short nights and how his campaign is almost there. it's almost until election day. but really, what he's been doing is delivering his closing argument. talking about what he calls real change for the country. he's been seizing that unemployment data saying tha
that that 900-mile storm has killed at least 106 people in the u.s. cnn jim clancy followed the national guard as they went door-to-door in a search and discovery mission in new jersey. >> reporter: a sometimes forceful systematic search for survivors. dozens of members of the u.s. army and air force national guard joined members of the ocean county prosecutor's office to probe seemingly abandoned homes on long beach island's whole gate community. in distress situations they forcibly opened homes to call out for survivors. the prosecutors are on hand because they have jurisdiction if any bodies are uncovered. but in most cases, it was a straight forward call to ask if anyone was inside. >> national guard. >> this part of the mission is search and rescue. pretty much nobody has been here. so what we've been doing is trying to see if any residents that had stayed over during the hurricane survived. that's basically what we're looking for here, any survivors. >> reporter: homes already ripped open by superstorm sandy were searched inside and out while these guard teams from new jersey kept a shar
introduced as we speak. jim acosta there following mitt romney. so obviously today the tone changes somewhat for the governor but what can we expect to hear? >> reporter: i think we're getting a preview of that right now. jeb bush is on stage. marco rubio was at the podium and the florida governor, marco rubio steered clear of attacks on president obama. jeb bush on stage right now, he made a very interesting comment a few moments ago about storm response. he said it's the state and local response that really matters, not clear whether or not that was a dig at the president and the federal response that's going on and attention paid to the federal response. really, that'ses a close as either that they have come going after president obama in this event and lines up from what i heard of a top romney adviser this morning that the gop nominee striking a positive tone on the campaign trail. we heard mario rubio. i think the closest he got was talking about the state of economy saying this doesn't have to be the new normal and seeing right now is maybe the new normal of the campaign at least for
friend christine romans. she joins me from washington. jim acosta from did he back to you, iowa, where mitt romney just landed. brianna keeler is in milwaukee, wisconsin, traveling with president obama. let's start here in ohio. the state has a very complex economy. here's some of what we've been hearing from voters on this trip. >> just a lot of depressed areas. a lot of joblessness. >> just looking at the unemployment rate, it's so scary to me. >> the last four years has not been very good for our small business. >> with the debt crisis, our country has, that burden is going to be on us in the future. >> all of the skills i had are obsolete now. >> i'm not up at the white house. i don't see rich people all the time. i see a lot of poor people. >> shut down, closed, reduced wages, ship the jobs overseas. we lost 55,000 factories. >> we're probably never have the things that we did 30, 40 years ago. >> balance the budget. we keep spending more and more. somewhere along the line it's going to come back and haunt us. >> they didn't plan for us. now we have to clean up the mess that they
here on the trail, fred. >> all right, thank you so much from milwaukee, wisconsin. and jim acosta is with the romney campaign, which is getting ready for a rally in dubuque, iowa, after a morning stop in new hampshire. we'll have a report from jim in just a few minutes. >>> now let's get the latest on recovery. five days after superstorm sandy, new york governor andrew cuomo said temporary fuel trucks will be deployed around the new york city area to alleviate the gas shortages. drivers will be able to fill up directly from the tankers. new yorkers can also get around the city a little easier now as well. >> 80% of the subway service has been restored. that is under literally, under one week, 80% of the subway service has been restored from what was horrendous damage. >> across the river in new jersey, there is gas rationing in 12 counties in an effort to cut don on wait times there. people have been waiting there in long lines for hours to gas up cars and get fuel for their generators. >> our jim clancy is in long beach, new jersey, which is on the jersey shore. it's very windy,
itinerary. that's why we are going now to cnn's jim acosta always with the romney campaign and traveling with them. jim, the storm already having an impact on where you're going, isn't it? >> reporter: that is right, don. for the final nine days of the campaign, throw out the white dry erase board and perhaps take the doppler weather radar and lay it over the battleground map because that's how we track this campaign heading into the homestretch here. both campaigns, if you add them together of roughly a dozen campaign events so far between the president and mitt romney, mitt right now is heading to the gymnasium here in marion, ohio, with an event here tomorrow morning and then is getting out of the state. but, don, it will be very interesting to watch the final days of the campaign because of this storm. you saw the president also canceling events. not here in ohio, but his campaign events that were scheduled for today. instead of those campaign events, he went to church and the federal emergency agency to check on storm preparations there. now, the very interesting question that comes
political correspondent jim acosta and white house correspondent jessica yellin. the candidates' messages are very different but their itinerary couldn't be more similar, could it? >> that's right. they are basically battling for the same swing states over the next three days, three final days of this m campaign. mitt romney is in ohio right now, he goes to new hampshire tomorrow morning, then heads to iowa, colorado and later this weekend, heading into monday, he goes to virginia and florida. you know, anderson, you can lay the battleground map for president obama and mitt romney almost on top of one another, because their schedules are so similar. >> jessica, all year long, people have been pointing to this final jobs report the weekend before the election day. doesn't seem to have made much of a splash, does it? >> reporter: a little bit of both, anderson. the jobs numbers in the end seem to be sort of a wash. they give something for both campaigns to talk about. the president today acknowledged the numbers and pointed out that there was an increase in private sector hiring and that th
rally in new hampshire, and now he is headed the iowa. our national political correspondent jim acosta was there in portsmouth, new hampshire. >> reporter: mitt romney has kicked off his swing state blitz in this final weekend of the presidential campaign starting the day in new hampshire and then heading next to iowa and colorado. we're hearing the gop nominee touch on some themes that he's been bringing up quite a bit in the last couple of days, saying he is the candidate of what he calls real change. he's also going through his five-point economic plan to get the country back on track, talking about ideas like cutting the deficit, tapping into domestic energy resources and fixing the nation's public school system. but one thing that he has been trying to zero in on in this final stretch of the campaign, he's been going after the president's mantel, being a post-partisan president. in the words of mitt romney, the president has been what he calls the most partisan. here's what he had to say. >> yesterday, the president said something you might have heard by now that i think surprised
's also back in full campaign mode. he's not pulling any punches. his new line of attack, jim acosta will have that next. dad vo: ok, time for bed, kiddo. lights out. ♪ (sirens) (train horn) ♪ vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. >>> mitt romney is himself back in full campaign mode today in virginia. here's cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta. >> reporter: wolf, the truce is over. after dialing back his criticism of president obama in the immediate aftermath of superstorm sandy, mitt romney has shifted back into campaign mode. and the gop candidate has unleashed some new eye opening lines of attack. mitt romney turned battleground virginia into a battlefield ending a two-daybreak from the campaign's fireworks with some new verbal cannon shots aimed at winning the last five days of the race. >> i know that the obama folks are chanting four more years, four more years. but our chant is this. five more days. five more days is our chant. >> reporter: romney then mocked president obama for saying he m
-- >> jim clancy is also with cnn. jim is in that area right now. jim, is there a sense that the danger has passed? >> reporter: there's a sense that they faced down the destruction that has been caused. they've now seen those images that you showed, you saw the faces of those evacuees, what they've been through. there are still dangers looming out there, a long way to go. the gas lines you were talking about are still a challenge in some areas. some residents challenging why they haven't been cut off much earlier. and there's hopes that that can be done today. not as easy as it sounds. gaining access to where they can cut off these lines still will leave some of those lines pressurized. there's still a potential threat there. of course, before they can reenergize any of the electric lines in some of these communities, they have to ensure that job is done, carol. otherwise, it could ignite new fires. there's one of the major risks that remains. there are still some people that are holding out, some elderly with their pets, but they're about to give it up. there's no electricity. there's no
to a rally this afternoon in the all-important swing state of ohio. our national political correspondent jim acosta joins us now from cleveland with more on what the republican presidential nominee is doing. what's going on, jim? >> reporter: wolf, things are changing by the moment. here with the romney campaign, we can tell you the romney campaign has gone ahead and canceled its events for tonight and tomorrow. he is keeping an event that is happening right around now in iowa -- >> unfortunately we've just lost our connection with jim acosta. we'll reconnect with him. we're watching the political fallout as well from this hurricane disaster that's unfolding. we'll get back to jim acosta. i think we actually have him back right now. jim, are you there? >> reporter: yes, i am, wolf. i don't know how much you heard, but i wanted to reiterate the romney campaign has canceled its events for tonight. it is keeping an event that happened right around now in the state of iowa. but what's interesting that's developed with this campaign is we have not heard definitively where the candidate will be to
're sfeng pen so much time in ohio. let's take a view right now from the ground level. jim acosta is with the romney campaign in north canton, ohio. brian brianna keilar is at the white house. is the romney campaign showing any signs of concern over their ability to win ohio? >> i just talked to a senior romney advisor who said no, they are going to win ohio, but he did say this race in this state is going to come down to independents. whoever wins independents in the words of this romney advisor, that candidate is going to win ohio. now, there's a little bit of spin in that because if you look at recent polling like an abc news/"washington post" poll that came out yesterday, governor romney is doing well among independent voters so it makes sense they would be talking about that advantage right now. at the same time, there are signs that yes, the romney campaign is concerned about this state and talking a little bit about what john king was mentioning a few moments ago about the auto bailout, we heard one of romney's top surrogates, rob portman, defend mitt romney's stance on the
of wisconsin. we have been watching the live mike and he is not at it yet, but jim acosta has his mike up and he is joining us from the suburb of milwaukee in west allis. i'm a big fan of the courtroom and closing arguments, means it is over, but this is not the last time we will hear from mitt romney until tuesday, so why closing arguments? >> that is right, ashleigh. what we are seeing today is two closing arguments and the real contrast in the race unfolding out at the events. president obama was talking about the jobs report that came out earlier this morning and describing that as what he called real progress, and in a few moments you will hear the gop nominee mitt romney come out to talk about what he wants to deliver for the country, and he is call ing thing that a real c. h is not only the closing argument that we will be hearing this morning, ashleigh, but we will hear mitt romney talk about the jobs report and he released a statement earlier in the morning, as you know, and described the jobs report as proof that the economy is at a standstill, and he has released xerp excerpts
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jersey. jim, tourism is huge for folks where you are. how will people move forward? tell me what it looks like today. >> reporter: well, you know, the way that this community of belmar is going to move forward, it is a small community. about 6,000 people year around. 60,000 in the summertime. perhaps even more on the weekends. the only way that these people can move forward or the business community can move forward, tourism can move forward is to get the water out of here, brooke. you know, you look at this stream and say the waters will rece recede. no, they won't. the town is something of a bowl. there are two lakes, two natural lakes. they have to pump that water out. before we get off that shot, brooke, you will be interested to know, bruce springsteen used to go jogging down this street where you see the water. >> where we see the kayaker. >> reporter: down to the beach every morning. yeah. we have met the kayaker and seen him at work today. but i can tell you right now out on the beach, they're really at work and what they're trying to do is pump two inland lakes they have in this
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long sinus and headache relief. >>> the search for victims goes on. cnn's jim clancy is searching with u.s. national guard troops. >> reporter: a sometimes forceful systematic search for survivors. >> every time we clear the street -- >> reporter: dozens of members of the u.s. army and air force national guard joined members of the ocean county's prosecutor office to probe seemingly abandoned homes on long beach island's community. in distressed situation they forcibly opened homes to call out for survivors. the prosecutors are on hand because they have jurisdiction if any bodies are uncovered. but in most cases it was a straightforward call to ask if anyone was inside. >> national guard. this part of the mission is search and rescue. pretty much nobody has been here. so we've been trying to see if any residents that have stayed over during the hurricane survived. that's basically what we're looking for here, any survivors. >> reporter: homes already ripped open by superstorm sandy were searched inside and out while these guard teams from new jersey kept a sharp look out for signs
on the important battleground states, all of them. and jim avalon is in virginia, a state that president obama won four years ago, and a state mitt romney would really love to have in his column ten days from now. everybody would love to have every single state in their column. so why is virginia -- first of all, how are you doing? why is virginia so important to the election? >> reporter: i'm doing great, we'll talk to students at washington university in just a bit. virginia is one of the three big swing states, florida, virginia, ohio, the path of the battleground bus that we have been on. virginia is fascinating, because president obama was the first democrat to win it since lyndon johnson, in 1964. the population is growing, more diverse now. now the population growth, frankly well to the north of virginia was to his benefit in 2008. right now, the economy here in virginia, pretty good compared to the rest of the country, 8% national. so this is a place democrats hope they could win again. it is tight, they have a very competitive senate race. every vote counts. it is really about the ground
is trying to keep voters focused on the economy telling them he could do better than president obama. jim acosta is traveling with the romney campaign. >> we've been traveling by bus over the last few days, ohio and iowa, one thing we've heard, he's been debuting this new theme, he is the agent, he is the candidate of big change and the president is just more of what he calls the status quo. one thing we can also report is the romney campaign is right now sort of riding a wave of momentum, some recent polls, not just nationally but across several swing states have shown romney gaining some traction and getting very close to overtaking the president in several key swing states and both nationally. now, the romney campaign did put out a memo earlier in the week throwing cold water on one ohio state poll they took issue with saying it wasn't properly calibrated but they are also at the same time touting a new "washington post" poll showing mitt romney leading the president nationally and doing very well among independents. at the same time we should p point out that along this tour he has hi
presidential candidate, she apparently is in a tough race against the democrat, jim graves. i'm anxious to see what happens in minnesota. >> my favorite down-ballot race for this election cycle is the race for congress in california's 10th district. a guy by the name of jose hernandez is running, and he's an astronaut. to think that his ads could essentially be footage from him in space looking to the earth i think is quite amazing. >> it's always safe to go with your home state on stuff like this, and i happen to be from ohio. so i'm going to go with the sherrod brown, josh mandell race in ohio. >> you are a liar. >> i don't need a lecture from a guy who can't wait to get to the next job and run for higher office and move up the ladder. >> you might try to push people around in washington, but you're not going to push me around. >> really looking forward to it being over. >> thanks for watching "state of the union." i am candy crowley in washington. head to cnn.com/sotu for analysis and extras. if you missed any part of today's show, find us on itunes. search state of the union. "fareed zakar
're going to -- let's go to colorado right now. mitt romney is speaking there but jim acosta is there setting the stage. tell us what's going on. >> reporter: mitt romney just arrived here just a few moments ago. he has been delivering his closing argument to the crowd here and he's been doing that all day long. waking up in new hampshire, moving on to iowa and here in colorado for two stops. he has been going after the president on that new unemployment data, he has also been talking about what he would do if he's elected president. talking about cutting the budget, eliminating the president's health care law and tapping into domestic energy resources. i have to tell you the one message that they have been hitting hard in the last final days of this campaign, they have been going after the president on this issue of bipartisanship. mitt romney is making the case that the president has forgotten his mandate to be a uniter in this country. the president said people should be voting because it is the best revenge. mitt romney has been telling crowds all day long that people sho
to be affected. >> jim accosta is in cleveland, ohio, with the romney campaign, so, jim, we know that both of these men have canceled their events and from the romney folks' perspective, from their campaign, what was the thinking behind it? >> well, suzanne, i think when the president started containsing his events, it probably started to dawn on the romney campaign that it would be difficult to get out there and do a whole lot of campaigning in a time of national crisis. >> as you mentioned, the romney campaign did announce earlier today it is cancelling events for this evening and tomorrow. it is going to go ahead and carry through with an event set for davenport, iowa, later on this afternoon, and then that's it. suzanne, basically this campaign is in a holding pattern. it is in limbo until all of this passes. just so everybody knows, the governor is not going to be down for the next day and a half. they say don't describe it like that. the other thing we don't know where he will physically be. we assume at this point, suzanne, that they are work out those logistics. earlier today at an
to jim gallagher, the fire chief in linden hur en lindenhurst, new york. jim gallagher, explain what it looks like where you are because i've seen a heck of a lot of watter and a house fire. yes? >> yes. basically, part of our water area is flooded in. we have 2 or 3 feet of water there. earlier this morning we had a house fire that we had to fight, about 2 or 3 feet of water we had to go into to get to this house. >> can you tell me how the house caught fire? >> we didn't really investigate that part right now. my guess is probably the electrical, because it was underneath the water and the electrical probably shorted out. >> how much of this do you anticipate over the next couple days certainly with all this water, issues with utility, issues with electricity? is this just the beginning of a long couple of days, sir? >> yes. it's going to be a long couple days with this. definitely we're having power outages in -- minor pounl minor outages right now, but as the storm gets bigger there will be more, especially through the night. >> jim gallagher, we'll be touch with you. i know wate
correspondent jim acosta is joining us now. he's covering the romney campaign in tampa, florida. what's the latest, jim? >> reporter: wolf, memoriitt ro just arrived here in florida a few minutes ago, and a little earlier today, he did get out in front of the cameras in ohio for a campaign event where he tried to put the focus on storm relief effort. it was billed as a storm relief event, so mitt romney supporters carried bags of groceries through security checkpoints, turning this ohio gymnasium into what looked like a food pantry. and when the gop nominee took the microphone, he set aside his usual jabs at the president >> we have heavy hearts, as you know. >> reporter: instead, romney called on americans to do what they can to help the victims of hurricane sandy. >> there's a lot of people that will still be looking for goods, even though we've gathered these things, as you know. but i know that one of the things i've learned in life is that you make the difference you can. >> reporter: the republican candidate said the donated supplies would go to hard-hit new jersey, where the go
"sopranos" jim van zandt is a true son of -- we'll hear what he has to say about the devastation of sandy. that's coming up next in the next hour of "newsroom." you see us bank on busier highways. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to work. everyday you see all of us serving you, around the country, around the corner. us bank. >>> jerry sandusky may be sitting in a prison cell, but the penn state child sex abuse case far from over. new today, former penn state university president graham, formerly charged now with perjury, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. he joins the former athletic director and the former vice president of business and finance at the university all facing those same charges. >>> in new york they have been performing without an audience for days. now the stars of late night comedy, they're back reacting to the storm. going to hear what new jersey native john stewart thinks about the
to evacuate, there were some who chose to stick it out. from long beach island, new jersey, hey jim, good morning. >> good morning to you, soledad. an icy wind is cutting across this largely abandoned island. the only people who are here are construction workers, emergency crews, and the national guard, as well as police. residents have mostly abandoned the island. there are a few, a few holed up who refuse to leave, including a 93-year-old woman, we are told. but there's no gas on this island. there's no electricity on this island. we came here in the cold, darkness, and there wasn't a light to be seen almost anywhere except the emergency headquarters that's been set up for the people who are trying to put this island back together again. 18 miles long. some 18,000 homes. and all of them, all the owners, waiting to see how much damage they sustain. a lot of wind damage, some water damage, of course, but not the heavy kind of damage we've seen in some of the other areas here along the jersey shore. at the same time the residents who want to get out here have been told that it will be a ma
went through slavery and went through jim crow, i do not want to hear victims bullying the rest of america. this is what has happened. whether it's the jersey girls or the spokesman for the disabled, it's not the disabled, it's the self-appointed spokesman word police, the feminists on this word or that word, the gays on oh, you can't say that's so gay now. >> you know that it would get you into serious trouble -- >> no, i would never use it. >> you know it's deeply offensive. >> you are doing, you're so upset what sununu did to colin powell. you're trying to read my mind. no, you're wrong. i wouldn't use the "n" word because it's a curse word. >> will you continue using the retard word? >> yes. of course. i've done it since that tweet. >> disabled people -- >> i'm sure they were following my twitter feed. this has nothing to do with disabled people. it was about the president. they have injected themselves into a tweet they have nothing to do with. i would think maybe biden should be upset by me calling the president a retard but not an actually disabled person. >> let's take a
. joining me now with the raw politics, chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin, and jim acosta and correspondent john king. >> the storm has been a real curveball for candidates. how has mitt romney been handling transitioning back to regular campaign mode? does he feel that it may have stopped his momentum? >> what we saw earlier from mitt romney, he went back on offense. after dialing back his criticism of president obama in the immediate aftermath of superstorm sandy, he went on the attack. he ridiculed the idea for the secretary and he unleashed this ad. a spanish language tv ad that linked president obama to hugo chavez and the castro family. i think the romney campaign at this point, they're not really staying one way or the other whether or not the campaign has been damaged to some sentence by what happened with hurricane sandy but i think the, getting back on offense does reflect the fact that they feel like they'd better get this momentum back on their side. clearly it has been affected. >> and president obama has obviously been in full presidential mode. he took a bre
that massive fire was breaking out. jim clancy has an update for us in belmar, new jersey this morni morning. i've run through a lot of the damage. tell me a little bit about belmar. >> reporter: well, you know, belmar, like so many other places, hard hit. the local newspapers, you know, put it into perspective. this was the headline in this morning's edition. swept away. little bit of a note, though, on the political side. it says a national commitment to rebuild, referencing the visit of president barack obama and the governor, of course, chris christie. some people taking some hope from all of that. today, people have seen what the devastation is. they recognize for many, many people, their homes are gone forever. they were literally swept away. but for others, there's damage to be repaired. there are cities here to be rebuilt. these are the barrier islands. and the people who live here know the risk that they face. right here at the end of this street that is under about five feet of water right now, front end loaders trying to push debris out of the storm drains. they're going to bring in
there is a romney event about to take place in 30 minutes. jik acosta is standing by. where are you, jim? >> carol, we are now rolling en route to the romney campaign event. i am going to hold on for dear life here. we are on the press bus following the other press buses en route to the event happening in wisconsin. within the hour that you mentioned a few moments ago that you were talking to the head of the president of the council of economic advisers and alan krueger talking about the jobs report, and as you mentioned mitt romney came out with a statement showing that the economy is still at a standstill. we will hear more of that from the gop nominee in the remarks later on this morning when he speaks to a crowd gathered in wisconsin. i can tell you, carol, this is when mitt romney is expected to give his closing arguments. i talked to a senior romney adviser who says this is going to indeed happen in the event and that mitt romney will be framing the big choice that the adviser calls it between change and the status quo, and a new course like another course of the last five years and you will
. appreciate it. we'll continue to get update. right now let's get to jim redick, director of emergency operation center in norfolk, virginia, by chesapeake bay on the eastern coast of that state. nice to talk with you. give me a sense of what your emergency preparations look like right now. what are you expecting? >> sure. as far as emergency protective actions, we've opened up shelters. we have four shelters with folks in there. we opened parking garages and work with norfolk public schools and private sector partners in terms of providing safe havens on higher ground so those living in low-lying areas are able to park their vehicles there. we closed do flood walls and working with our community partners. we're woging as one team here, public, private, not for private, higher education and military working together to respond to this incident. the current status, as was just reported, we're expecting a lot worse later today, around 9:30, 10:00 with high tide over 7 feet. winds are looking up. sustained wind of 39 miles per hour, tropical force wind levels. with the saturated ground an
-energize the electricity lines. john. >> jim, we're still talking about evacuations in some cases and cleanup, what's the status of those? >> reporter: they are ongoing. there are still people that have not been evacuated and people are working in order to do that i talked with one young man yesterday who had just gotten out. let me tell you, some of the people coming out are very contrite having heard what governor christie said how they put other lives at risk. listen to this. >> i stayed in the house because i thought that, you know, it would probably be like last year, really nothing but i was wrong because as the storm got worse and i stayed in the house, i realized that i probably made a mistake. >> seaside heights is where he was from, one of the last evacuated there late afternoon and talked to him in an evacuation center. they thought they could stick it out and admit now they were wrong. >> jim in belmar, new jersey. still such a difficult situation for so many along the jersey shore. >> so sad, isn't it? >>> we have stunning images to show you out of connecticut. cnn ireporter george due
. >> my goodness. >> reporter: meet lewis ortiz. a dead ringer for president obama. jim gossett, who has multiple presidential personalities. >> i'm hoping to be another bush or bill clinton. >> reporter: but the race is tight, and these two know campaigning at one of the busiest places on earth is a good thing. >> here comes the storm. are you the naked cowboy? >> it's president barack hussein obama. >> if i'm elected president, the naked cowboy will get pants. >> reporter: if one naked cowboy isn't enough -- >> obama! yo mama! >> reporter: there's always room for two. it's times square, new york, a blue state, where the president is more popular than the governor. >> i can't even get anybody to take a picture with me. >> this is my town. jay-z wrote a song about that. who's gonna write a song tonight? this guy. >> reporter: kidding aside. the presidential impersonation business can be lucrative. >> what do you charge? >> for a show with four characters, up to $34,000. hey, the president's going to get a million for his speech. >> it's overwhelming, especially when you don't have proper
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